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General Discussion / Re: USA visa at Canadian border.
« on: April 13, 2015, 04:14:25 am »
I looked into this a couple of years ago and the bad news seems to be that once you enter any US territory your 3 months starts and will keep on running until you leave North America, that is the US, Canada and Mexico, only then can you return and ask for another 3 months.
You can apply for a full tourist visa in the UK before leaving but your period of entry will still be at the discretion of the immigration officer, do not expect them to be understanding of your trip and if you have no home in the UK, job or return ticket they will not let you in at all, make sure all that is in order.

General Discussion / Re: New York to San Francisco Ride
« on: April 09, 2015, 06:29:36 am »
Some of them drive you nuts because they are run by Indians, East Indians as they say here, and at the check-in you get a lovely aroma of Indian food but there isn't an Indian restaurant for many miles around.

That will drive any Brit nuts, we love Indian food and regard it as our national dish. Good luck with your ride.

General Discussion / Re: Crash number 6.
« on: April 02, 2015, 12:55:26 am »
This rider has had over 70 motorists convicted using his film of bad driving by other road users, he is not very popular.

Hi Corey,
A good travellers site for information is here, although it appears primarily aimed at motorcycle travellers there is a small cycling section but the information on roads, safety, visas and equipment is very good and up to date.

I would suggest you ask in a local bike shop if they can show you some basic repairs, you can repay them by buying some of your equipment or a bike there.

If you want to read something from inspirational women riders I recommend Josie Dew or the late Anne Mustoe both show that it can be done.

International / Re: Heathrow Airport to ...............
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:32:42 pm »
There is no train to the South or Southwest from Heathrow, you need to get a bus to woking station, I have done this a couple of times with a boxed bike but don't think they will take one on the bus that is not packed.

Food Talk / Malnourishment on a long tour
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:28:16 pm »
I posted my experience relating to nutrition on another travellers forum after a tour of SE Asia a couple of years ago and it was recently resurrected by an interesting reply from a couple who had cycled from Canada to Panama on a vegan diet, I thought I would share it with you as it might be of interest.

Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Lowrider Racks for GDMBR?
« on: February 21, 2015, 02:06:04 pm »
I tour both on and off road with a mid height front rack and no problem at all, I don't think you will have a problem with low rider racks.
I have just Googled images for the GDMBR and there is a tandem with low front panniers fitted, you will be fine.

Gear Talk / Re: trikes
« on: November 28, 2014, 01:37:13 am »
  I have been looking at different trikes and found the Ice trike Adventure interesting. My question is, how safe are these trikes on the road and touring with them in traffic. I road one and my head was about even with the grill of a car. Is this a normal feeling?

I was thinking of asking this question myself and you have saved me the bother and have found the replies encouraging, I am now considering buying a trike.

If the question had been how far can you go on a trike the answer seems to be anywhere.

General Discussion / Re: Ideas for winter bike tour
« on: November 09, 2014, 01:44:22 am »
South East Asia or India where the weather will be great, fly to Bangkok or Delhi get the train out of town and cycle from there. Some of the best food and most interesting culture on earth, the reduced living cost will help go towards the ticket.

You could start by spending some time here and reading other peoples reports some of which contain a list of what they carry.
If you are on a budget a second hand quality bike might be a better buy than a new one for the same price, you might even get one with racks, panniers and other useful equipment included. In my opinion the most important components are the seat, chain and tyres, for the latter most people seem to use something from the Schwalbe marathon range which I have found to be excellent.
Start by doing short trips, even one night away to get used to what you need and how best to carry it, you will get used to managing with very little on a bike.
Good luck with your planning, cycle touring is a great way to see your country and the wider world.

General Discussion / Re: Health Insurance while cycling
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:00:45 pm »
Are you dual or different nationalities? I suspect it will be easier and cheaper to take it out in Australia, a normal long trip travel policy should cover you for cycling, but do read the small print and make sure.

General Discussion / Re: Low Carb and Long Distance Touring
« on: July 17, 2013, 02:06:07 am »
I have toured while eating a partly low carb diet in SE Asia simply because there was little high carb food available in rural Laos and Vietnam. I lost what little fat I had and more, I felt apathetic and I was told that I looked dreadful and unhealthy which I certainly felt, it is not an experience or diet I would wish to repeat.

More information to add to this discussion, the avoid crashing is fairly obvious but this would suggest hard cycling is very good for you, although that is not quite what the op was about.
Either way the feel good factor of touring has to be life enhancing if not extending so the bottom line for me is if you want to tour then do it.

International / Re: European Bicycling Resource
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:59:43 am »
This one is pretty good and also in English

And me, that's how I got the links, give it another try.

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